GRE or Graduate Record Examination is a standardized test that provides schools with a standard measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications. GRE is one of the entrance exams that you take to get into a business school.
The GRE Syllabus is broadly divided into three sections – Analytical Writing, Quantitative reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning. You can take a computer-based or paper-based GRE testing, and the Test pattern for each is different. Generally, the computer-based exam is taken by students who want to pursue their graduate degrees abroad.
GRE General Test Pattern for computer-delivered test:
|GRE sections||No. of Sections||Duration|
|Verbal Reasoning||2 sections – 40 questions||60 minutes|
|Quantitative Reasoning||2 sections – 40 questions||70 minutes|
|Analytical Writing||1 section – 2 tasks||60 minutes|
The test pattern for the computer-delivered GRE exam has two sections of Verbal and Quant Reasoning with 20 questions per section and one section with two separately timed tasks in Analytical writing. The total time you will spend on the GRE Computer-delivered test is 3 hours 45 mins.
|GRE sections||No. of Sections||Duration|
|Verbal Reasoning||2 sections – 50 questions||70 minutes|
|Quantitative Reasoning||2 sections – 50 questions||80 minutes|
|Analytical Writing||2 sections – 2 tasks||60 minutes|
Section-wise Syllabus of General Test
GRE Syllabus for Verbal Reasoning
The GRE Verbal Reasoning section tests your ability to understand the meanings of words, entire texts, and sentences. It measures your understanding of relationships among terms and concepts.
You need to analyze and draw conclusions from the discourse, identify the author’s assumptions/perspective, and understand multiple levels of meaning, such as figurative, literal, and author’s intent.
List of the topics covered in GRE Verbal Reasoning:
- Modifiers and Parallelism
- Idioms and Idiomatic expressions
- Verb tense
- Pronoun Agreement
- Subject-Verb Agreement
- Nouns, Adjectives, Pronouns
The GRE verbal Syllabus is divided into three parts:
- Reading Comprehension
- The reading comprehension questions consist of one to four or five paragraphs, and the passages are based on three different subject matter areas – humanities, natural science, and social science (Business).
The section tests your ability to understand what you are reading.
The exam contains approx. 10 passages. You need to read and analyze the passage carefully before answering any questions. Also, do not be discouraged if you encounter an unfamiliar passage.
It is about how well you can understand and answer the questions. Besides, you should not rely on outside knowledge and answer each question based on the information provided in the passage.
- Sentence Equivalence
- This section tests your ability to complete a paragraph based on incomplete information. You need to choose two ways to complete the sentence that have the same meaning while also being grammatically correct.
Note: Your answer choice gives you a sentence that is logically, stylistically, and grammatically coherent. The correct answer might not be the words that mean the same thing.
- Text Completion
- It measures your ability to form a complete picture from the text presented. Both Sentence equivalence and text completion test your grasp of vocabulary. However, just knowing the words will not help you ace this section. You need to understand the meaning too.
GRE Syllabus for Quantitative Reasoning section
The GRE Quant Reasoning section tests your ability to solve problems using mathematical models. You are required to understand, analyze, and interpret quantitative information. To ace this section, you need to apply basic elementary concepts and skills of arithmetic, geometry, data analysis, and algebra.
Topics in GRE Quantitative reasoning:
- Data Analysis
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GRE Syllabus for Analytical Writing
The GRE Analytical Writing section tests how well you can articulate complex ideas effectively and clearly. Are you able to support them with relevant examples and reasons? It requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented.
The GRE syllabus for analytical writing is divided into two tasks:
- Analyze and Argument: This requires you to evaluate a given argument according to specific instructions
- Analyze and Issue: This requires you to present an option on the issue of general interest with specific instructions on how to respond to that issue.
The tasks in the GRE Analytical Writing section is related to a broad range of topics such as fine arts, physical science, humanities, and more. You do not require knowledge on a specific topic. Regardless of your field of study or interests, you will be able to understand the task.
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